Community Book Discussion Group

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Join Mary Ann Erickson, PhD and Ithaca College Gerontology students in a community book discussion group this Fall.   This group will meet virtually over 6 weeks to discuss geriatrician Louise Aronson’s Elderhood.  Ithaca College Aging Studies students will facilitate each discussion group.   See dates and times below.   New to Zoom but want to join?   Simply fill out the registration form and let us know you would like a student to reach out to you for assistance.

In this book, the author urges us to re-examine the meaning of aging and to reframe our later decades to better prepare for and thrive in those final years. In vivid and evocative writing, she speaks to doctors and laypeople, the aged and aging, their children and their children—anyone who will be old one day, which in theory, is all of us. 

Louise Aronson, MD, is the author of the story collection A History of the Present Illness and a geriatrician, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she directs UCSF Medical Humanities. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Dr. Aronson has received numerous awards for her medical work, teaching, educational research, and writing. She is the recipient of a MacDowell fellowship and four Pushcart nominations for her fiction, and her articles and stories have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Bellevue Literary Review. She lives in San Francisco. 

Discussion groups will begin meeting the week of October 12th.  See times and dates below. 

Register here to select your group preference and receive your meeting link information.

Group 1 will meet on Wednesdays from 3 - 4 PM  
October 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18

Group 2 will meet on Thursdays from 7 - 8 PM
October 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19

Limited book scholarships available.   

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“Aronson writes like a memoirist while giving us scientific insight, philosophical wisdom, and wise counsel for a journey and destination we all share.” —Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone